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Congratulations to Barack Obama

Congratulatory letter from the WCC general secretary to US president Barack Obama upon his re-election

07 November 2012

Dear Mister President:

On behalf of the member churches of the World Council of Churches in all continents and regions of the globe, I write to offer you congratulations on your re-election, and to wish you all the blessings of God’s grace as you continue your work during the presidential term ahead. Our prayers are with you and your team as you dedicate yourselves to faithful public service over the next four years.

We greet you at this turning point with a well-known verse from the prophet Micah:

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  (Micah 6:8, New Revised Standard Version)

In confident hope, we pray for you, for your family and your administration, as for all people on earth, in these words that form the theme of the upcoming 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Busan, Korea in the autumn of 2013:

“God of life, lead us to justice and peace.” Amen.

As president of the United States, you can exercise remarkable influence in promoting and establishing justice and peace throughout the earth. And so we pray that the God of life will lead you, as you lead your nation, into the ways of justice and peace. In particular, we pray that you may provide inspired leadership within the international community in the quest for peace with equal justice and mutual respect in Israel and Palestine.

May the Almighty God bless you and keep you through the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the love of Jesus Christ our Lord, I remain,

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit                                                                                                  WCC general secretary